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economics | Jan 20th, 2011

"The Poor Didn't Cause the Crisis": Daron Acemoglu Cited by Former IMF Chief Economist

Lavin speaker Daron Acemoglu, recently named by Foreign Policy as one of the world’s top 100 public intellectuals, has a way of sparking conversations about what makes some countries poor and others rich. In this a recent op-ed, former chief IMF economist Simon H. Johnson uses Acemoglu as his... Continue Reading →
social entrepreneurs | Jan 18th, 2011

No Handouts: Kiva Co-founder Jessica Jackley Talks About Poverty, Money, and Love

In her recent TED Talk, the wonderfully upbeat Jessica Jackley explains the motivations that led her to start KIVA, and tells us why the unique connections created between lenders and lendees separates microfinance from traditional charity. What makes microfinance different? Respect and love.... Continue Reading →
books | Jan 18th, 2011

Religions Expert Karen Armstrong Focuses on Compassion in Her New Book

Lavin speaker Karen Armstrong, one of the foremost experts on world religions, has just released her new book, Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life — a hardbound manifestation of the journey she started, in 2007, when she won the prestigious TED Prize. Using her prize money, and working with input... Continue Reading →
education | Jan 12th, 2011

George Clooney Visits Valentino Deng’s School in Southern Sudan

Last month, George Clooney visited Valentino Deng’s Marial Bai Secondary School in Southern Sudan to highlight the Sudanese referendum. (Video of Clooney’s visit, here.) The historic referendum, which began on January 9th, could finally lead to Southern Sudan’s independence from the north after... Continue Reading →
book reviews | Jan 10th, 2011

Maureen Dowd Calls Patti Smith's Memoir, Just Kids, "Achingly Beautiful"

Lavin speaker Patti Smith, as I’m sure you’ve heard, won the 2010 National Book Award for Non-Fiction in November. In her acceptance speech, Patti implored us to not give up on the book as a physical object: “There is nothing in our material world more beautiful.” Patti won for Just Kids, a memoir... Continue Reading →
articles | Jan 3rd, 2011

Neuroscience Speaker Jonah Lehrer's "The Truth Wears Off" Still #1 on The New Yorker

Weeks after we first wrote about it, neuroscience speaker Jonah Lehrer’s article “The Truth Wears Off” is still the #1 most-read on The New Yorker’s website. The piece is a stunning take on the scientific method—and why it may not be as perfect as we think. In a follow-up blog post, Lehrer answers... Continue Reading →
television | Dec 23rd, 2010

Sloane Crosley on 'The Late Late Show'

Watching this video of Sloane Crosley and Craig Ferguson makes me happy. Simple as that. Sloane visits The Late Late Show to discuss her second New York Times bestselling collection of essays, How Did You Get This Number. The only catch is that Ferguson — who is clearly enamored with Sloane — hasn’t... Continue Reading →
urbanism | Dec 21st, 2010

Jonah Lehrer: Planning the Perfect City

In this week’s New York Times Magazine, Jonah Lehrer has a big piece on why some cities fail and some succeed, and why — with striking consistency — cities of similar sizes are exactly the same in most meaningful ways. Jonah’s article is actually a profile of Geoffrey West, a physicist who... Continue Reading →
videos | Dec 21st, 2010

Jonah Lehrer Discusses his New York Times Magazine Story on Cities as Complex Systems

Jonah Lehrer's article about urbanism and complex systems, over a year in the making, ran in The New York Times Magazine this week. Last October, I sat down with Jonah (How We Decide) for a long interview at the Toronto airport. We shot the whole thing in a badly-lit hotel room that looked out onto... Continue Reading →
congo | Dec 20th, 2010

Giving to Lisa Shannon's Run for Congo Women

Instead of gifts, Lavin is once again giving a donation to an organization close to the heart of one of our speakers. This year, we’ve chosen Lisa Shannon’s Run for Congo Women. Lisa is RFCW’s engaging, upbeat, and tireless founder. Her personal transformation — from “bystander to activist,” in the... Continue Reading →
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